Ter Brugghen adopted the subject of flamboyantly dressed half-length figures playing musical instruments from the work of Caravaggio and his immediate Roman followers. This type of picture of a life-size, half-length figure playing a musical instrument became popular among the Utrecht followers of Caravaggio in the early 1620s.

Ter Brugghen was in Rome for about ten years from 1604, where he studied the work of Caravaggio and his followers.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1588 - 1629
Full title
A Man playing a Lute
Date made
1624
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
100.5 x 78.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1963
Inventory number
NG6347
Location in Gallery